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5 Frightening Jobseeker Habits Guaranteed to Scare Hiring Managers

31/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
We frequently see activity from jobseekers almost guaranteed to cost them a job. Some of it is so wide-spread, you may think it’s an effective technique. Here are five common habits of jobseekers that will scare hiring managers and having them run as fast as they can away from you and toward the next qualified candidate.





MPA Awards 2012 Apprentice of the Year for Painting

30/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
The 2012 Apprentice of the Year was awarded on Saturday night by the Master Painters Association in Western Australia. The competition is designed to showcase apprentices who want a career in the painting industry and show excellence in their training and work. Mining Oil and Gas Jobs was delighted to hear who won.




3 Safety Qualifications for Offshore Workers

29/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
A question on our Facebook page last week reminded us how easily it is to confuse the different licenses, tickets and certifications in the resources industry. Acronyms are commonly used to describe specific qualifications and that can lead to the confusion. Today we’re providing information on three common credentials used in the oil and gas industry.





Australian Visa Pricing System to Change to Fairer System

26/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs

The federal government announced changes to the pricing structure of migrant visas this week in an effort to make the system more equitable. Pricing on four different categories of visas have increased about 25%. The highly valued skilled graduate visa has increased by more than 70%.






AMMA Skills Connect to Prepare Jobseekers for Resources Jobs

25/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
A new skills initiative launched in Perth yesterday means jobseekers can expect to get more assistance in training, upskilling and reskilling for work in the Australian resources industry. AMMA Skills Connect is a government-backed initiative designed to help tackle the skills shortage felt in mining, energy, construction and oil and gas sectors.





Construction Trades Benefit Under New Apprenticeship Reforms

24/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
The Australian apprenticeship system is set to get a boost as the federal government offers bigger incentives to occupations suffering a skills shortage. For the Australian resources industry, this means construction trades such as electricians, plumbers and carpenters will see an increase in the number of apprentices recruited as the government implements reforms.





Australia Blazing Trails in Carbon Capture and Storage

23/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
National CCS Week is underway in Australia with a focus on making our air cleaner and reducing the environmental impact large industry has on our environment. In addition to a conference in Perth wrapping up today, a number of CCS Week events are being conducted throughout Australia designed to promote the CCS technologies.





Do You Know What to Expect From a Pre-start Meeting?

22/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
With so much construction going on in the Australia resources industry – and many new projects under development – the pre-start meeting held at the start of every shift might be the most important part of your day. Do you know what to expect from the pre-start and how to get the most out of this critical daily meeting?




Is Gobbledygook Getting in the Way of Your Job Search?

19/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Do you know gobbledygook when you see it? If you’re trying to make a good impression with future employers, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the most commonly overused phrases and jargon. Why? Hiring manager hear these same phrases every day, all day long. While these words may mean something to you, they’ve ceased to have meaning to the people making hiring decision. So what sort of gobbledygook shows up in a job search?





FIFO Life: The “Off Roster” Balancing Act

18/10/2012 05:00 AM / Sarah Mitchell, Director, Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Anyone that’s put in more than one swing knows the time ‘off roster’ is not a holiday. While your network at home may view it this way, most FIFO workers return from a shift feeling fatigued and needing some down time. If you have a family waiting – especially one with young children – it can be a particularly difficult situation for everyone involved.





All You Need to Know About Shale Gas and Fracking

17/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs

What do you know about shale gas and fracking? Visual Capitalist has produced another excellent educational infographic to explain how gas trapped deep in shale slabs is recovered. In Australia, coal seam gas is  more common where gas is trapped in coal seams. Either way, the process of 'mining' the gas is the same.






What’s It Like To Be A Metallurgist?

16/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
One role in short supply in the Australian resources industry is for people working in the field of metallurgy. So what is a metallurgist and what kind of things do they do?





What Does Fair Work Australia Think About Your Facebook profile?

15/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald called “Like it or not, Facebook posts could cost your job” explains why employees and jobseekers need to be mindful of what they post in their personal networks and how it can impact their careers. It’s understandable when an employee is caught in a lie – like calling in sick so they could go to a party. But when is it okay for an employer to sack someone because of what they said in their private networks?





New Mentoring Program for Women in Australian Resources Industry

10/10/2012 05:00 AM / Gina Meibusch, AWRA Program Manager, AMMA
An exciting new chapter in the Australian resources industry is starting which we expect will create positive ripples throughout the mining, energy, oil and gas, construction and allied services sectors. Gina Meibusch, AWRA Program Manager at AMMA, is our guest blogger today and introduces the AWRA e-Mentoring program kicking off this year.





Skilled Workers Still in Demand in Australian Resources Industry

09/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
We’ve been getting a lot of questions in our social networks about the viability of the resources industry and how it impacts job availability. There’s a growing concern among jobseekers about the many negative stories in the press saying the boom is over. It would be easy to assume the industry is on the verge of collapse. Nothing could be further from the truth.





Mining Training for Aboriginal Jobseekers in South Australia

08/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
The Connecting Aboriginal People to Mining program aims to train Aboriginal jobseekers in South Australia for jobs in the mining industry. More than $700,000 is available from a joint state and federal government program with applications now open. Tom Kenyon, Employment, Higher Education and Skills Minister is looking for mining companies and RTOs (registered training organisations) to participate in the Connecting Aboriginal People to Mining program.





Industry Speaks: Following Up a Job Application

05/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
If you spend more than 5 minutes in online career centres or discussion forums for jobseekers, you’ll find debate about how long a candidate should wait before following up on a job application. There’s a fine line between proactively managing your job search and nagging the person you most want to impress. How long should you wait before you check in?





Research Tips That Will Help You Land Your Dream Job

04/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
How well you research a company and a job can make all the difference in whether you land your dream job or not. Every jobseeker from experienced engineer to a new graduate can improve their chances of getting the job they want by thoroughly researching the opportunity. This handy infographic provides practical tips to put your job search on the road to success.




900% Increase for Overseas Engineering Graduate Visas in Australia

03/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has reformed the 476 visa scheme resulting in a 900% increase in the number of overseas graduates eligible to work in Australia.  
The 476 visa is designed for engineering graduates who obtained a tertiary engineering degree to live and work in Australia for up to 18 months. Applicants have to be younger than 31 years of age





Civil Engineering, Mining Power Australian Construction Industry

02/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
A new report from Cordell Information and the Housing Industry Association shows civil engineering and mining projects dominate the Australian construction industry.  The annual Housing Industry Association-Cordell Construction 100 provides data on the largest 100 companies working in engineering construction and non-residential building sectors. It’s no surprise resources projects dominate the 2012 findings. 





Nominations Open for 2013 Safety and Health Innovation Awards

01/10/2012 05:00 AM / Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) have opened nominations for the 2013 Safety and Health Innovation Awards. The project recognises and encourages the need for creativity and innovation towards health and safety problems in the workplace. This year marks the 9th running of the awards which aims to reward contributions in three main areas.





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